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Another Republican Leader Warns Candidates on Immigration

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Republican candidates need to watch the tone of their comments about immigration to avoid hurting their party, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, chair of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC that works to elect Republicans to the House.


"It is not the debate, it is the tone of the debate and some of the voices that have been out there that I don't think have been very helpful," Mr. Coleman said at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters.



But this is really missing the point. The tone is covering up the real problem which is that the GOP is overwhelmingly an anti-immigration party. And I'm not just talking about illegal immigration bills. The GOP has given the House Immigration Subcomittee leadership to Lamar Smith who is opposing any increases in green card numbers in any category and is blocking many temporary immigration bills. And that committee is stacked with Republicans who think the same way. As for the DREAM Act, AgJobs and the rest, the GOP almost uniformly opposes all of those measures and those that are willing to moderate their positions are hounded by their fellow party members.


The public is not stupid. Saying you love immigrants and calling the country an immigrant nation doesn't cover up a terrible voting record. If the GOP wants to win pro-immigration voters, they have to actually become pro-immigration and not just tone down the hate.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    I agree it's less tone than a stark difference about whether immigration law and its enforcement are justifiable but let's talk about the tone of anti-enforcements. A lot of these (mostly Democrats) seem to hold their nose when talking about immigration law and its enforcement, are apologetic about it, and call the system "broken" because it doesn't let everybody in. They're seemingly embarrassed to be a sovereign nation with borders. The tone is unmistakable.
  2. Jack's Avatar
    What do politicians feel the need to say things like "We all love legal immigration" and imply support for higher legal immigration when higher legal immigration isn't popular? A LOT more people favor lower legal immigration but you never hear any politicians talk about it. It's as if they're afraid to even bring it up. It didn't used to be this way. Stable population as a policy goal was widely discussed and without fear. So what's changed? The immigrants are mostly non-white now so support of lower immigration can bring on accusations of racial animus by those who support higher immigration and non-enforcement of immigration law. Also, of course, the special interests who are masters of the politicians like high and loose immigration.
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    This is similar to the whole we must attack the deficit but never raise taxes issue....it seems that this party is not dominated by people with common sense therefore the decisions and actions will be dominated by the same thing!!! But as they say "if you give someone advise and they do not follow it life in the end will teach it to them."
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    "I agree it's less tone than a stark difference about whether immigration law and its enforcement are justifiable but let's talk about the tone of anti-enforcements."

    Enforcement only approach is all we have and have had for the past 25 years and we still have the same problems. So it maybe justifiable to some but when you do not get the results, you may be called crazy or stupid for keep doing the same thing over and over....

    "A lot of these (mostly Democrats) seem to hold their nose when talking about immigration law and its enforcement, are apologetic about it, and call the system "broken" because it doesn't let everybody in. They're seemingly embarrassed to be a sovereign nation with borders. The tone is unmistakable."

    Recognizing that what your are doing is not giving you the desire result and calling for an alternative route is not apologetic is practical and smart your camp prefers the ostrich strategy, keep doing the same become a police state and stick your head in the sand hopefully by the time you get your head out of your behind the problem is gone!! A nation can be sovereign and should be, but when you want to be sovereign and you also have an un-official policy of inviting people to work for your companies/businesses/governments and you do not have a legal way for them to be here and you match that with economic need of immigrants is hard to sing the sovereignty tune, some how it does not rime.
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    "What do politicians feel the need to say things like "We all love legal immigration" and imply support for higher legal immigration when higher legal immigration isn't popular? A LOT more people favor lower legal immigration but you never hear any politicians talk about it."

    Jack the "a lot of people" you refer to are mostly the people in the anti -immigrant camp which are also not the majority of people, there can be a lot of people in the minority, you know like there are 50 million Hispanics in the US but they are still a minority. Two things first it is a FACT that collegues in the US are not turning enough graduates in the US to fill the jobs ever heard of the skills gap and the millions of jobs that are available right now, so clearly to have growth you need immigration. Second there is a thing called history and particularly in the US Immigration has always been a positive force for this country, but somehow we are too stupid to recognize it and we always attack it in this country, we do not learn the lesson on Immigration, racism for example and guess what we keep doing the same thing kinda like what you advocate for....

    It's as if they're afraid to even bring it up. "It didn't used to be this way. Stable population as a policy goal was widely discussed and without fear. So what's changed?"
    An aging population as in the rest of the world for one, Immigrants are young and keep the economy vibrant as they have done in the past. But go ahead join Glen Beck and say " I want the America I grew up in...". What change nothing we are still, a racist short-sided nation.

    "The immigrants are mostly non-white now so support of lower immigration can bring on accusations of racial animus by those who support higher immigration and non-enforcement of immigration law."
    Ohhh and the penny drops you have a problem with the ethnicity background of the current immigrants not being from Europe mostly, those hard working smart brown people is that it?
    "Also, of course, the special interests who are masters of the politicians like high and loose immigration."

    Yes those technology companies, agro business, hospitality business, food industry and all other businesses such horrible people, they make money, create economic growth and prosperity. Terrible!!!!
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